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August 23, 2010 - Now Lebanon - Judge to issue decision on Sayyed’s request in September, says Issawi

In an interview with As-Safir newspaper published on Monday, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) spokesperson Fatima al-Issawi said that Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen will abide by the date he had set to issue a decision regarding former head of General Security Brigadier General Jamil as-Sayyed’s request to access certain court files.

“Judge Fransen will issue his decision in the first half of September,” Issawi said.

In April 2009, the STL ordered the release due to lack of evidence of four generals who had been detained since 2005 on suspicion of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In July 2010, the tribunal heard a request by Sayyed, one of the four detainees, for documents related to his imprisonment. Sayyed claims he is the victim of false witnesses.

Issawi also said that the STL is only authorized to prosecute the perpetrators behind the Rafik Hariri murder.

Issawi’s statement was made when asked about the cabinet’s appointment of Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar last week to follow up on the issue of witnesses who gave false testimonies to the tribunal.

“It is not for the STL to make comments over [such] decisions taken by the Lebanese government,” she said.

“If conditions were available, the tribunal’s authorization will also include [the probe] of attacks that took place in Lebanon between October 1, 2004 and December 12, 2005,” she added.

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Background - خلفية

On 13 December 2005 the Government of the Lebanese Republic requested the UN to establish a tribunal of an international character to try all those who are alleged responsible for the attack of 14 february 2005 that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. The United Nations and the Lebanese Republic consequently negotiated an agreement on the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Liens - Links - مواقع ذات صلة

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David Schenker , March 30, 2010 . Beirut Spring: The Hariri Tribunal Goes Hunting for Hizballah

Frederic Megret, McGill University, 2008. A special tribunal for Lebanon: the UN Security Council and the emancipation of International Criminal Justice

International Center for Transitional Justice Handbook on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, April 10, 2008

United Nations
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 19 Sept 2007
Conférence de presse de Nicolas Michel, 27 Mars 2008

Département d'Etat américain
* 2009 Human Rights report
* 2008 Human Rights report
* 2007 Human Rights report
* 2006 Human Rights report
* 2005 Human Rights report

ICG - International Crisis Group
The Hariri Tribunal: Separate the Political and the Judicial, 19 July, 2007. [Fr]

HCSS - Hague Centre for strategic studies
Hariri, Homicide and the Hague

Human Rights Watch
* Hariri Tribunal can restore faith in law, 11 may 2006
* Letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, april 27, 2006

Amnesty International
* STL insufficient without wider action to combat impunity
* Liban : le Tribunal de tous les dangers, mai 2007
* Jeu de mecano

Courrier de l'ACAT - Wadih Al Asmar
Le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban : entre espoir et inquiétude

Georges Corm
La justice penale internationale pour le Liban : bienfait ou malediction?

Nadim Shedadi and Elizabeth Wilmshurt, Chatham House
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon : the UN on Trial?, July 2007

Issam Michael Saliba, Law Library of Congress
International Tribunals, National Crimes and the Hariri Assassination : a novel development in International Criminal Law, June 2007

Mona Yacoubian, Council on Foreign Relations
Linkages between Special UN Tribunal, Lebanon, and Syria, June 1, 2007